Andrew’s Brain for our March selection, I bit the bullet and dove in. Andrew is a troubled cognitive scientist whose story unravels through brief glimpses into his past, which happens to be fraught with tragedy. An unnamed person (called Doc only a few times in the novel) listens and makes observations throughout the bizarre tale, but mostly the audience is along for the ride as Andrew goes through his painful narrative.
Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding Andrew’s life, the story never feels overly emotional due to his concise analysis of various incidents. There were several surprises along the way, and even glimpses of humor. Overall, a worthwhile read and far less dry than some of the other Doctorow titles I have attempted reading.